It been a long time in the making and I am finally sharing my finished Kelly Anorak by Closet Case Patterns. For more about the hiccups and contributors to the 'slowness' that came along with this project, check out Part 1 and Part 2 of my Kelly Anorak 'Making Of' Series.
It is no secret that this is a project chock full of techniques. For me they were mostly new techniques and I loved every bit of the construction. The perfectionist in me will say that there are some finishes that could be improved. But the pragmatist in me is really proud of what I created.
I must admit that as the end of the make came nearer, I became more and more impatient. The mental weight of the project in amongst numerous projects I have on the burner (typical!) made if difficult to resist the 'just-get-it-done' mentality. One can't be too hard on oneself in these situations however. Sewing is a never ending practice that itself comes with ups and downs.
Time to get into the knitty gritty...
The main outer fabric is a bright red twill and the underlining has been made using a novelty print flannel. I realised whilst shooting the images for this post that this fabric is so wrinkly! It is hard to iron out and wrinkles so easily. :-S
Halfway through the project I began to dreadfully regret my choice of fabric for the underlining. The red thread I used to perfectly match the outer fabric I realised is much too bold against inside - and the point of using flat fell seams (faux flat fell seams in this case) is to make the inside of the garment neat and tidy. Next time, I plan to choose an underlining which will better match the topstitch thread in order to achieve a prettier inside.
No fit adjustments were made. It is a pretty roomy size for me but this is preferable in a coat which will probably be worn over other layers.
Where do I even begin- every step is a learning experience. This project is no doubt a garment that needs as much time and love given to it. For me, using the combination of the instruction diagrams and the helpful online tutorials helped get me over the line with very little problems.
What I would do different next time:
As mentioned already, match the underlining fabric better to the topstitch thread.
There is also one big boo boo I made which is very obvious from the outside...can you spot it?
This was my 'slow-sewing' challenge for the year (only second to my even bigger project of developing my first PDF sewing pattern for release in the new year). There is so much to learn and grow a single make and it has inspired me to choose another big project to tackle again for next year...Maybe the Ginger jeans are next on my horizon?
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